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       At a garage sale I found this interesting lamp shade with 8 main sides so I bought it to keep for an unknown future project.  Some time later I came across 'Hotfix' rhinestones that are fake crystals with a dry glue backing that melts for adhesion when heated from the front.  I also obtained 'Hotfix' green leaves in two shades at the same place as well.  Deciding to apply these rhinestones to the lamp shade I had bought a while back, I thought of a design including blooming ivy flowers that I had witnessed a few times before and planned the lamp accordingly.  Some flexible wire cloth represented the ivy while rhinestones displayed flower petals that form 80 unique flowers arranged on this lamp.  

       First I glued the wire to the lamp shade which was difficult because there was not only the curve of the ivy, but also the additional curved slope of the lamp shade to have it conform to.  I used small bags of sand to apply equal pressure to the thin cloth wire while the glue dried.  There are actually 16 sides to this lamp looking closely, and only one side can be glued a day because of drying time and angle of the lamp when drying.   

       After the main ivy was in place I then applied the rhinestones and little stems.  With the lamp shade finally completed I needed to find a base to attach it to while continuing the ivy theme.  Upon completing the lamp I placed it in the corner of my room for display leaving 2 sides facing the wall.  I wasn't pleased that every side could not be appreciated and wondered how I could make all of the lamp shade visible.  I concluded that a 'rotating display stand' would accomplish this but how to install it became a big challenge.  After a lot of time, ideas, experimentation, wire, glue and velcro, I succeeded.

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